"History of Patrick Henry Memorial Library".
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charge. Many others have helped financially and otherwise, among them Miss Ida L. Gilenrist a registered nurse of the near-by city of Lynchburg Virginia, but who was born and reared near Brookneal. She conceived the idea of her family establizhing a Memorial to her Grandfather, Captain William H. Wingfield, C. S. A. On June 1st, 1946 the Brookneal Woman's Club who followed the Study and Recreation Club as Library Sponsor, invited the public to a reception honoring the Wigfield Clan who at the time presented a gift of books to the Library. Dr. marshall Winglield of Memphis made the presentation. It was a gala time for the little library and the family ha ve continued to make gifts to the Library through the personal interest o f Miss Gilchrist who feels she can best honor her grandfather by putting good books into the hands of those in his old community who like to read and many who would nototherwise have books. At the same time she is honoring the illustrious Patrick Henry. Miss Hilchrist, at the time the first books were given contacted the Governors of all the states and asked for some book that they would recommend as good reference material concerning their state, as a memorial to Patrick Henry the great patriot and the first Govenor of Virginia, the first English Colonyin America. Most of them responded graciously to her appeal and thses books have been used by children of the public schools in looking up material about different states. The Library has continued to grow and now has about 400 volumes of its own. It serves a wide territory, its books going into five near-by counties and even into the city of Lynchburg. This is due to an unique collection of books pertaining to local history. In one corner of the Library is an old pine deck that belonged to Patrick Henry, presented to the Library by a member of the family. This desk is she center of the Virginiana corner. On it are "Books by and about our neighbors." This proves most interest ing to the public. We are now beginning to think of enlarging our quarters, of a paid librarian of better serving the public but ways and means confuse us. It is truly a project builded on faith hope and charity and who have worked hardest for it have gotten joy untold in the service. The impossible has so often been accomplished that the word, impossible, does not exist for us.